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Sources of Native Plants

Many people are interested in using native plants in their landscapes, but where can you find them?

If you've seen native plants in the wild, it may be tempting to dig them up and take them home with you. But it isn't a good idea. In some cases, this is actually illegal, because certain native plants are protected or endangered. And even unprotected species can suffer when wild populations are overcollected.

Instead, visit a retail nursery that buys their plants from reputable growers. Or go to one of the plant sales organized by native plant societies, botanical gardens, or other plant-related organizations. Remember that by protecting wild native plants, you'll help preserve Florida's habitats for future generations to enjoy.

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